Raspberry Shortcake Recipe

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Sweet, tart, juicy raspberries step in and take over in this delicious switch from the traditional shortcake. Raspberry shortcake recipe is the perfect dessert to top off a summer grilled meal, or any meal for that matter. And if you have access to the freshest raspberries, those always taste best.

This is our favorite shortcake because it’s a bit sweeter than the traditional biscuit. It uses a homemade pound cake and kicks it up with the tasty sweet, tart fresh raspberries, layered with whipped cream.  

raspberry shortcake recipe

Raspberry Shortcake is the New Strawberry Shortcake

Raspberries have become so popular that some feel that raspberry shortcake has become the new strawberry shortcake. Raspberries have such a juicy aspect and a delicious flavor that is sweet, but not too sweet and one that is tart, but not too tart. In our opinion, raspberries have a just-right flavor.

Strawberries used to be the traditional go-to fruit for shortcakes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Why not use fresh picked raspberries, or another favorite berry or fruit to change things up?

The Biscuits

The biscuits don’t have to be traditional, ordinary biscuits for raspberry shortcake. Consider using a cake mix, pound cake, angel food cake, cake donuts, shortbread, or cookies or whatever your favorite cake or biscuit like item is.

As a time-saver, you might also choose to buy this item already prepared at your grocery store bakery. There are no restraints when it comes to choosing your favorite biscuit.

Macerating Raspberries in Sugar

Part of the process of making raspberry shortcake involves soaking or macerating the raspberries in sugar. You’ll want to take into consideration whether sugar is a factor in your biscuit or not, to determine how much sugar you want to add in the raspberries.

For example, if you’re using more of a traditional biscuit that is unsweetened, you’ll want to add more sugar in your raspberries to give them more of a sweetened punch. But if you’re using an already frosted cake donut as your biscuit, you’ll likely want to back off on the amount of sugar that is added to the raspberries.

The purpose of macerating the raspberries in sugar is twofold. It helps to sweeten them. And it also helps to bring out their juices.

raspberry shortcake recipe

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

You can enhance the flavor of the whipped cream and make the vanilla bolder by using vanilla bean paste in your recipe. But if you prefer to not use vanilla bean paste or if you don’t have access to vanilla bean paste you can replace it with vanilla extract.

Baker’s Tips

Here are a few baker’s tips to help you achieve the best raspberry shortcake possible.

1. Use fresh eggs. Fresh eggs help to create a fresh shortcake that is delicious and moist. Make sure your eggs are as fresh as possible.

2. Use ripe raspberries. Ripe raspberries are the sweetest berries. They are darker in appearance than ones that are not yet ripe. If you can pick them right from the bush, that is the best. Ripe raspberries are also juicy and have the most wonderful flavor.

3. Don’t overbake the biscuits. If you’re making homemade biscuits or cake, be sure to not overbake them. This will cause them to be dry.

How Do You Whip Cream?

In our recipe we use heavy whipping cream because it tastes the best. It gives that fresh homemade delicious aspect.

To whip heavy whipping cream, use an electric mixer and mix it along with any sugar and vanilla on high until stiff peaks begin to form. Watch it carefully because if you mix it too long, it will go past the whipped cream stage and be headed for butter.

Substitutions

In order to make a delicious shortcake, there are several substitutions that can be made.

For the fruit, you can use whatever your favorite fresh berry or fruit is. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries all work well and taste great.

For the biscuit, you can use a variety of biscuit like items including cake, cupcakes, pound cake, biscuits, shortbread, cake donuts and more.

For the whipped cream, our favorite is real whipped cream made from heavy cream. But you might also choose to use ice cream, frozen whipped topping, or a spray can of whipped cream.

Can I Use Vanilla Extract Instead of Vanilla Bean?

Yes, either vanilla extract, vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste will work to flavor the whipped cream. Any one of these three items will do a good job of providing a great vanilla flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Below are some of the top frequently asked questions and answers for making our raspberry shortcake recipe.

What Makes Cake Moist?

There are several aspects that come into play when making a cake moist. Some keys to achieving a moist cake are to use exact measuring amounts when making a cake, mix as instructed and not over baking the cake. These things, if followed, will lead to a moist and delicious cake.

How Do You Tell if a Cake is Done Baking?

The easiest way to tell if a cake is done baking is to insert a toothpick in the center of the cake when checking for doneness. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. If it still has batter on the toothpick, the cake needs to cook longer.

Can I Put Cake Back in the Oven?

If a cake has already cooled, it should not be put back in the oven. It will not rise anymore at this point. Your best bet is to eat the cake that’s done around the edges and throw the gooey parts in the middle away.

raspberry shortcake recipe

Tips and Tricks

1. Wait to assemble. Wait to assemble the shortcake until you’re ready to serve it. Assembling it ahead of time allows it to get soggy.

2. Use Confectioner’s Sugar. If you use confectioner’s sugar in the whipped cream, it will help to keep it from separating the next day if you have leftovers.

3. Storage. Already assembled raspberry shortcake recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until the next day. But after that, it should be pitched.  

A Light, Springtime Staple: Fresh Raspberry Shortcake

Fresh raspberry shortcake is a delicious springtime dessert. There’s something about walking through the garden on a fresh spring day and feeling the dirt underfoot.

The aroma of fresh picked raspberries is one of my favorites. And the great thing about raspberry shortcake is that it can be made ahead, then assembled at the last minute for a quick and delicious dessert.

Raspberry Shortcake Double Stacks

Our recipe is a double stacks recipe for raspberry shortcake. This can be accomplished in a few different ways. We like to bake the cakes in cupcake tins and then cut them in half horizontally. This allows more surface area to add the delicious raspberries and whipped cream.

You could also make double stacks by using two shortcakes. Instead of filling the cupcake tins half way, you can fill them a little less full if you plan ahead to use two for each serving.

How To Make Raspberry Shortcake

Raspberry Shortcake Recipe is a straightforward dessert to make. I typically use a box cake mix as my go to source for cakes because they’re fail proof. However, this is one shortcake recipe that is quite simple to succeed with. I have yet to make a cake from this shortcake recipe that’s too dense or too dry. And wish you the same success.

Raspberry-Raspberry Shortcakes

If you want to make raspberry-raspberry shortcakes, you know the kind with double the raspberries, just be sure to have a good supply. These little shortcakes soak up the raspberries like a sponge. So, I like to use the raspberry sauce that we’ve included in this recipe as well as some whole raspberries.

Raspberry Shortcake DIY

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Quick Cook: A Strawberry Raspberry Shortcake-Style Cake

This raspberry shortcake recipe is not a quick cook recipe. It’s even better. In fact, the only part that has to be cooked is the shortcake. Otherwise, it’s just a matter of mashing some raspberries and letting them macerate. And then you’re ready to enjoy!

Raspberry Shortcake Dessert

If you take some time to look around on the web, there are so many kinds of raspberry shortcake desserts. Some include cake, cheesecake, cake and cheesecake layered and raspberries on top. So feel free to get creative and make something truly delicious.

How To Make Raspberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe

The process of making this raspberry shortcake recipe including making the cake portion from scratch, smashing raspberries and sweetening them with sugar, and preparing real whipped cream.

Ingredients

For Cake:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons butter melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For Raspberry Sauce:
6 ounces fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
extra raspberries for garnish

For Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

For Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Prepare cupcake pan and line with cupcake papers.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour and baking powder. Add eggs, sugar and milk. Mix thoroughly. Slowly add melted butter and vanilla extract. Stir until mixed.

3. Fill cupcake papers about ½ full with batter. Bake for about 15 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

For Raspberry Sauce
1. Rinse raspberries in cool water. Set aside enough whole raspberries for garnish.

2. Mix remaining raspberries with sugar and lemon juice. Smash with a spoon. Set aside and allow them to macerate.

For Whipped Cream
1. With an electric mixer, mix heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla on high until stiff peaks begin to form.

To Assemble
1. Confirm that shortcakes have completely cooled before assembling. Remove shortcake from cupcake papers and slice in half.

2. Layer cake with raspberry sauce and whipped cream.

3. Top with raspberries to garnish. Serve and enjoy!

raspberry shortcake recipe

Tips for Making Raspberry Shortcake Dessert

1. Measure ingredients accurately. Be sure to measure the ingredients for the shortcake accurately to prepare a deliciously moist cake that is baked to perfection.

2. Use melted butter. For easier and more thorough mixing, use butter that is already melted. It will provide a much better outcome.

3. Use real whipped cream. If possible, use real whipped cream. It makes the flavor taste so much better and kicks up the richness aspect. You’ll not be disappointed.

4. If you’re making raspberry shortcake ahead, leave the assembly for when you are ready to serve the dessert. Otherwise, the cake will become too soggy.

Raspberry Shortcake Recipe – Recipe Variations:

There are several possible recipe variations for raspberry shortcake. It is quite a versatile dessert. Here are some ideas to stray from the norm:

Shimmering Raspberry Shortcake

Use raspberry sherbet layered in your shortcake and add your favorite lemon lime soda to make the dish bubble and shimmering.

Raspberry Truffle Shortcake Recipe

Serve your raspberry truffle shortcake by using the same ingredients as our recipe but by cubing the cake and serving the truffles in personal sized clear glass jars for a delicious raspberry truffle shortcake.

Mini Raspberry Shortcakes

Make mini cupcakes and layer the raspberry sauce and whipped cream. You can use the same Ingredients in Mini Raspberry Shortcakes as you do in the regular size. These work great for parties or gathering where mini foods are served.

Grilled Raspberry Shortcake with Raspberry Cream

Another recipe variation for summertime fun is to make grilled raspberry shortcake and fill it with raspberry cream. If you already have the grill fired up for dinner this is a great time to make the grilled version. You can simply use a store-bought pound cake or make homemade cake of course. Everything else remains the same.

Raspberry Shortcake Pie

Why not make a raspberry shortcake pie? You can bake your cake in a pie plate and top it with the delicious raspberry sauce, raspberries and whipped cream.

Easy Raspberry Cake Recipe From Scratch

To make an easy raspberry cake recipe from scratch, just use the cake portion included in this recipe. Add the raspberries into the batter along with a box of raspberry flavored gelatin. It makes a delicious raspberry cake recipe from scratch.  

Why This Raspberry Cake Recipe Works:

This raspberry cake recipe works because it’s perfect for summer, made with plump juicy raspberries, is perfect for all occasions, and only includes 10 minutes of preparation.

How Long Does Raspberry Cake Last And How To Store It?

Raspberry shortcake and raspberry cake last about 1 day. They tend to get soggy if kept longer. For best results, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can Raspberry Cake Be Frozen?

Yes, raspberry cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Raspberry Shortcakes

To enjoy chocolate raspberry shortcakes, just make them as usual with the recipe provided here and drizzle them with chocolate syrup or your favorite melted chocolate before serving.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Shortcake

Drizzle your raspberry shortcake with some melted white chocolate for a more elegant look.

Raspberry Cake

You can make a raspberry cake using a white cake mix, a box of raspberry gelatin, and 10 oz raspberries. Just mix the cake mix as directed on the box and add the gelatin and raspberries right in the cake batter before you bake it.

Raspberry Shortcake Biscuits

The traditional way to make shortcake down through the years has been to use shortcake biscuits. These can be made from scratch or from a biscuit mix. The difference with a biscuit like shortcake is that it is stiffer in form and typically denser. It also is not as sweet.

Black Raspberry Shortcake

During the summertime, black raspberries are in season. Why not change up your raspberries for some black raspberry shortcake? It is delicious too.

Raspberry Shortbread

Raspberries are also good in shortbread. Just use your favorite shortbread recipe and layer raspberries in. Finish with a crumble top.

The Best Raspberry Shortbread Crumble Bars Recipe

Another great way to enjoy raspberries is to make a tasty shortbread, including raspberries and serve them as bars. This is one of the best raspberry shortbread crumble bars recipes.

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